In the last 3 or 4 weeks, I’ve been having serious problems with booting into Windows. It started out as an intermittent problem and now it’s near 100% of the time.
I can get past the BIOS screen and a message will come up that “Last time, windows didn’t shut down properly” and it’ll give me several options (3 safe mode versions, a “last known good boot” and “boot normally”. All of them work intermittently. When the computer goes past that screen, it’ll start loading WIndows and I’ll see the green bar at the bottom with the flashing light.
Before it goes past that to the welcome screen with the round vista logo, it’ll reboot to the pre-BIOS screen. If I let it reboot over and over, sometimes I can get in, but more often not regardless of what option I choose.
I even have a program (Acronis True Image) that backs up my C: partition and the boot-DVD will only load intermittently–there’s a safe mode and a ‘normal’ mode–the normal mode only sometimes works.
The weird thing is the computer is 100% stable when in Windows. No errors (although it seems a little pokey), no problems, no issues. If I never had to reboot or worry about a power-loss, I’d be fine.
Here’s what I’ve tried (not in this order!) :
Formatted my C: drive and tried a clean install of Vista from the original disks. No luck. It wouldn’t boot into Windows on the first install. (There are several partitions on the disk–I’ve chkdsk /f them all)
Done the utility on the Vista disks to fix boot problems–I’ve run through it at least 10-12 times (including the restore point option) and no change.
Ran a HDD checker and checked all sectors of the primary HDD. No problems found.
Ran MemTest from dos and as far as I can tell, the memory’s fine. (which blew my theory)
Done a ton of tests in windows (IOBit’s software, Avast anti-virus, Spybot, Malwarebytes–as far as I can tell, I’m clean).
I’m stumped. My next step is to hose all my partitions on that disk and start again. Maybe even DBaN ing the disk. Any suggestions before I go that far?